Poll: Bias policies matter most

When it comes to what's most important to you in picking a place to work, whether a firm has non-discrimination policies including sexual orientation is most important.

That's according to the results of the latest Quick Poll by Project Q Atlanta, which focused on the six factors the Corporate Equality Index uses to rate the gay- and trans-friendliness of Fortune 500 companies.

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Gay ‘Survivor’ makes debut tonight

imageGay attorney and marathon runner Charlie Herschel is one of 18 participants in the newest edition of "Survivor: Gabon" that premieres tonight and the latest edition to the show's list of openly gay competitors.

It's an experience the 29-year-old New Yorker has relished since the CBS show premiered 17 seasons ago.

Watch a video interview after the jump.    READ MORE »

Claymates come out with support

imageReaction continues to dribble in to Clay Aiken's surprising coming out in People. Well, surprising only in that he finally stated the obvious.

But nonetheless, Aiken's getting lots of support, including from some locals who are fans or fellow "American Idol" competitors.

See what they have to say after the jump.    READ MORE »

G-Braves go with Chopper

imageSomehow we missed this. We've stayed on top of the all-critical search by the Gwinnett Braves to create and name a new mascot in advance of the 2009 season just so we can poke fun at it along the way.

Earlier this month, the team -- with fans voting -- named its whistlepig Chopper. With the look of large-headed furry thing, our pick was more along the lines of Goober. But we weren't asked.

Chopper won out over Shadow and Pop-Up in a name the mascot contest for its portly, cartoonish groundhog. Chopper, submitted by Jim Bennett of Lilburn, was the fan favorite during online voting. The three final names were selected from the 4,396 entries.

Chopper is inspired by General Beauregard Lee, Ph.D., the groundhog star of the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn and “Georgia’s Official Weather Prognosticator” fortelling the coming of spring.


Prop 8 opponents release first TV ad

No on Prop 8 has released its first television spot for the campaign against the anti-gay ballot measure.

Our first TV ad from No On 8. Sam and Julia Thoron offer a heartfelt message about their daughter, Liz, whose right to marry the person she loves will be eliminated if Prop 8 passes.

Watch the video after the jump.    READ MORE »

A little love for Project Q Atlanta

We're so not into bragging about ourselves. OK, just a little. Project Q Atlanta is so new that we're allowed a little room to toot our own horn, right?

Since the launch of the site earlier this month, other media types have shown us a little love. The good folks at Echelon gave us a little virtual ink last week. The site is an excellent resource for gay and lesbian business types.

Also last week, PR Week included a blurb on us in its blog the Cycle. That item touches on the public relations efforts surrounding the launch of Project Q Atlanta.

What's your take on our new site? Take a spin around -- stop by the blogs PQA Today (this one) and Gaytlsports, the photo gallery and events calendar -- and let us know what you think. Drop us an email or submit your thoughts to Shut Up Already, a vent for most anything on your mind.    READ MORE »

Braves dress up their rookies

imageThe Atlanta Braves, fresh from winning their last home game of the season on Sunday, boarded their bus and headed to the airport for the season-ending road trip.

But the ride to Hartsfield took on a quirky twist: It was dress-up day for the rookies.

It was dress-up-the-rookies day, so Jair Jurrjens (photo) was in a skin-tight leopard dress with a pink feather boa, Jo-Jo Reyes was wearing a sumo-wrestler suit and Josh Anderson was in a joker costume, complete with tights.

Can't wait for those photos to surface.


Judy Gold hits Outwrite tonight

imageLesbian comedian and author Judy Gold stops at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse tonight to pitch her new book, "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother."

Gold is conservative, kosher, gay and the mother of two sons, ages 7 and 12. Her art is both reaction and tribute to her 86-year-old mom, Ruth. We caught up with the younger Gold as she rolled into town the other day and talked about, what else —- how she has unwittingly become her mother.

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It’s never too late to get physical

imageThere's hope for most all of us. Just check out Ray Moon.

The former millionaire restaurant owner won the Victorian Bodybuilding Championships in Melbourne on Sunday after beginning his training just five years ago.

He's overcome polio, open-heart surgery, prostate problems and financial ruin to become a body building champion. Oh, yeah. He's 80. Nothing like a few wrinkles with your six pack.

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Hunky NFL referee takes a fall

imageHunky NFL referee Ed Hochuli blew a fumble call last Sunday and cost the San Diego Chargers the game.

What's been impressive in the fallout after the game is Hochuli's personal apology and his public agonizing all week. It's refreshing to see a veteran official take his lumps.

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Georgia’s colleges vary on gay issues

imageSouthern Voice provides an interesting look this week into how colleges and universities in the state approach a variety of gay and lesbian issues. The report comes as the gay religious group Soulforce prepares to stop at two local schools during its upcoming Equality Ride.

The paper's comparison also provides some insight into the atmosphere on college campuses in Georgia as a recent report from the Human Rights Campaign recently rated businesses on how well they approach similar issues.

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Gay rodeo says no to Conyers for ‘09

imageThe Georgia Gay Rodeo Association has said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Conyers facility that has hosted its successful Souther Spurs Rodeo in the past.

Brad Bruner (photo), the group's president, made the announcement in an email to supporters today, citing higher costs and additional requirements since the group last hosted the rodeo at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers in 2005. He stressed that the group is still interested in hosting a gay rodeo in metro Atlanta next year, a high-profile event that would cap a resurgence by the organization.

Read excerpts of the announcement after the jump.    READ MORE »

Volleyball looking to fill fall rosters

There's still time to register for the Hotlanta Volleyball Association's fall league.

For the group's Friday night recreational league, registration closes Sept. 19 (that's tomorrow). League games begin Sept. 26 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. Games continue on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Nov. 7. The fall tournament is scheduled for Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. Cost for the league is $32, plus $15 for an annual HVA membership.

Registration for HVA's intermediate and advanced leagues, which both play on Tuesdays at Agnes Scott, was extended to Sept. 23.

For a taste of what it's all about, view the Project Q Atlanta photo album from HVA's Hotlanta Classic VXII.    READ MORE »

G.E. wants to ‘Rally the Vote ‘08’

imageGeorgia Equality, the statewide gay rights group, wants your help to "Rally the Vote '08."

The group is seeking RSVPs and sponsors for the Oct. 29 event, which they hope will raise funds to support its education and mobilization efforts for gay and lesbian voters. The suggested donation is $35.

Georgia Equality announced the event in a statement sent to supporters today:

From local offices to the presidency, candidates for political office are spending more time and effort courting our community than ever before. Funds raised by the Rally the Vote event will support Georgia Equality’s work to educate and mobilize LGBT voters and support our ongoing work to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for LGBT citizens and their allies.

Piedmont finds drilling a tough go

Piedmont Park officials drill and drill. But they are having little success.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy, the non-profit caretakers of the crown jewel of Atlanta's park system, wants to drill to tap underground sources of water. That will, in turn, allow them to irrigate the park and skirt tough city restrictions on outdoor watering. Those rules meant large-scale events including the Atlanta Pride Festival were booted from city parks this year.

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Bob Costas on Mitcham (and more)

imageBob Costas, NBC's prime time host for its coverage of the Beijing Olympics, talks about the network's lackluster coverage of Matthew Mitcham in a wide-ranging interview with AfterElton.com.

The veteran sports journalist responded to criticism that NBC failed to discuss Mitcham's life outside the pool in the same way it approached coverage of other Olympic athletes.

Mitcham was the only openly gay male competitor in Beijing, one of at least 11 gay, lesbian and bisexual athletes at the Games. His gold was one of seven medals won by gay athletes this year, one more than the 11 gay athletes nabbed in the Athens Games four years ago. Yet NBC's coverage failed to note that or call attention to boyfriend Lachlan Fletcher, who sat with Mitcham's mom in the Water Cube.

More on the interview after the jump.    READ MORE »

Cristiano Ronaldo loves his balls

imageWho can ever get enough of soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo?

Thankfully, that's not something we have to worry about. So let's recap some recent Ronaldo sightings.

The 23-year-old soccer stud spent the weekend in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal while he picked up the European Golden Boot. Thankfully, the paparazzi captured every flex of his outdoor sun regime.

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Rights museum heads to downtown

imageWhen the Center for Civil & Human Rights breaks ground next year, it will do so on a 2.5-acre parcel of land tucked between the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.

When the doors of the $125-million facility open in 2011, key moments in Atlanta's gay history will be included, according to Doug Shipman, the center's executive director.

“There are a couple of different places that specific gay and lesbian issues come in,” Shipman says. “You have both a historical piece and a contemporary piece. You’ll see that in exhibitions and in programming. We have very specially outlined how we want to tackle the issues.”

Read the full story from Project Q Atlanta.    READ MORE »

Piedmont weathers first fest of ‘09

Piedmont Park survived its first festival of the year last weekend, thanks to small crowds that apparently did little to damage the turf in the vast park.

Atlanta’s commissioner of parks, recreation and cultural affairs, Dianne Harnell Cohen, said she didn’t see any damage from the two-day Atlanta Arts Festival held at the city’s most popular park.

“From what I observed the show was well attended, people were respectful of the park, and normal activities continued,” said Cohen, who attended the festival on Saturday and Sunday.

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‘HIIV POZ’ license plate OK’d in Calif.

Julien Pierre fought the California DMV and, surprisingly, won.

The HIV-positive software engineer will soon have the vanity plate he wanted -- "HIV POZ" -- for his Toyota Prius after pushing the issue with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

An effort to sell an AIDS awareness license plate in Georgia stalled earlier this year.

Watch a news clip about Pierre's story after the jump.    READ MORE »